photos credits: Marcel Marette

From left to right, Mr. Serge Lasvignes, President of Centre Pompidou, Mr. Sam Tan, Minister of State, Singapore, Mr. Tan York Chor, Ambassador of Singapore in France, Mrs Chong Siak Ching, CEO, National Gallery Singapore and Mr. Eugene Tan, Director, National Gallery Singapore.

(Sources: Singapore Straits Times and Le Petit Journal)

Last Thursday, an MOU was signed between the two institutions, Centre Pompidou and the National Gallery Singapore to jointly curate an art exhibition reframing the modernist movement. Slated to be held in April next year, this will be the first temporary exhibition for the National Gallery which is set to open at the end of the year. More than 200 artworks – about half of these on loan from the Centre Pompidou, will be on display. Dr. Eugene Tan, director of the National Gallery and one of the exhibition’s curators, said the as-yet-untitled show will “re-examine art development in the 20th century in different societies”, with South-east Asia as a starting point.

The Centre Pompidou has also collaborated with Singapore in 2011, by presenting at the Singapore Art Museum the travelling exhibition “Video, an art, a history. 1965 -2010”